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  6. article_body => "<p>Rajon Rondo received a one-game suspension on Friday for \"a derogatory and offensive term towards a game official and not leaving the court in a timely manner upon his ejection.\"<\/p>\n<p><strong>[REWIND: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.csnbayarea.com\/kings\/nba-suspends-kings-rondo-actions-during-game-mexico\">NBA suspends Kings' Rondo for actions during game in Mexico<\/a>]<\/strong><\/p>\n<p>Rondo directed a gay slur at NBA referee Bill Kennedy, who came out on Monday.<\/p>\n<p>The Kings veteran point guard was not available to talk to the media on Monday, but he did address the situation on Twitter.<\/p>\n<p>Rondo\u2019s statement: \"My actions during the game were out of frustration and emotion, period! They absolutely do not reflect my feelings toward the LGBT community. I did not mean to offend or disrespect anyone,\" Rondo wrote.<\/p>\n<p><strong>[NEWS: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.csnbayarea.com\/kings\/rondo-kings-brass-issue-statement-regarding-offensive-slur\">Rondo, Kings' brass issue statement regarding offensive slur<\/a>]<\/strong><\/p>\n<p>His statement is eerily similar to a 2011 statement from Kobe Bryant, who was in a parallel situation after he directed a gay slur at NBA referee Bennie Adams following a technical foul call.<\/p>\n<p>Bryant\u2019s statement: \"What I said last night should not be taken literally. My actions were out of frustration during the heat of the game, period. The words expressed do NOT reflect my feelings towards the gay and lesbian communities and were NOT meant to offend anyone.\"<\/p>\n<p>Bryant was fined $100,000 for his indiscretion.<\/p>\n<p>&nbsp;<\/p>\n"
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Rajon Rondo received a one-game suspension on Friday for "a derogatory and offensive term towards a game official and not leaving the court in a timely manner upon his ejection."

[REWIND: NBA suspends Kings' Rondo for actions during game in Mexico]

Rondo directed a gay slur at NBA referee Bill Kennedy, who came out on Monday.

The Kings veteran point guard was not available to talk to the media on Monday, but he did address the situation on Twitter.

Rondo’s statement: "My actions during the game were out of frustration and emotion, period! They absolutely do not reflect my feelings toward the LGBT community. I did not mean to offend or disrespect anyone," Rondo wrote.

[NEWS: Rondo, Kings' brass issue statement regarding offensive slur]

His statement is eerily similar to a 2011 statement from Kobe Bryant, who was in a parallel situation after he directed a gay slur at NBA referee Bennie Adams following a technical foul call.

Bryant’s statement: "What I said last night should not be taken literally. My actions were out of frustration during the heat of the game, period. The words expressed do NOT reflect my feelings towards the gay and lesbian communities and were NOT meant to offend anyone."

Bryant was fined $100,000 for his indiscretion.